Sunday, December 30, 2012

Changes For A New Year

Hello!  Did you survive Christmas?  We had a sick little boy with influenza so our holiday was very low key.  He still isn't completely 100% and his Christmas gifts still lay in a pile as he hasn't had the energy to play yet.  It makes my heart hurt to see my kids sick but especially during the holiday. 

With a New Year right around the corner, I thought it was time to make some blog changes so please be patient with me as I try to upgrade our look a little.  I'm not technical and these things take me forever.

But I wanted to make the design a little more us, simple.  :)

New Year's Resolutions......

Mine is to try not to stress and worry so much.  Easier said than done, right?

Oh, and I'm going to TRY to eliminate sugar from my diet.  I'm pretty sure I will break that one on January 2.  :) Any tips?

And to just have more fun and celebrate life. 


My hubby's birthday is tomorrow, so I'm planning a party.  :) I love making him feel special.


What about you?  What are your New Year's resolutions?  I'd love to hear them!


Have a great day and a wonderful New Year~  
Diana

47 comments:

  1. Cutting back on sugar was easier than I thought it would be...of course I have to get "back on the horse" now that the holidays are winding down :) I try to keep my sugar to 17 grams a day. Keep away from any packaged foods...so much hidden sugar. As a natural "snacker", Cheez-Its are a godsend..no sugar!! Also I rely heavily when starting on brewing mint tea and adding a bit of truvia...really takes away the urge for a sweet after meals. Hope this helps! Oh, and I have found your urge for sweets and snacking really does go away after a few weeks. You will feel terrific!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary Beth!! I just bought some mint tea yesterday! :)

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  2. Your New Year's resolutions sound great. We watched Hungry for Change and decided we will be cutting waaaay back on sugar. Baby steps as going without sugar is not going to happen...to be honest. :) we are also cutting back on bread. I think it may be easier for you to just try cutting back or maybe giving yourself one day to have a treat. Just an idea. Some herbal teas ate naturally sweet...that may help with the craving...without caving. AVEDA carries an organic comforting tea that is divine. Love to you and best wishes in your lifestyle changes.
    Can't wait to see the new look! Xo

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  3. i need to cut out sugar and breads...i know it's hard but the craving does eventually go away, maybe i should add that to my new year's resolutions!

    i came down with a head cold on christmas day and still fighting it...we were supposed to go see my son and his family in b'ham yesterday but feel too bad to make the drive, i plan on calling the dr. tomorrow and getting some meds so i can get better.

    looking forward to all your changes...Happy New Year Diana!

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    1. I hope the craving goes away cause I have a serious sweet tooth and I've been without sugar for one day and I'm already craving anything with frosting! LOL! Hope you feel better soon, Judy!! xo

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  4. Instead of year long resolutions, I'm doing monthly goals. January's is to ride my excersize bike 1 mile every day, to make a mini album or a trip I took a few months ago, and to create this cool art wall thing I found on pinterest.

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    1. Doing monthly goals is so much more doable!! Thanks for the great tip! Good luck and have fun with your projects!

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  5. I am refusing to make actual resolutions because I know myself TOO well. So my GOALS are:

    1) Work even harder this year at the gym. A year ago I started trying to get healthy, so I am going to try to get to the next level now.

    2) Be home more. I am a SAHM, but I spend more time at my MIL's than I do at home. I want to nest this year!

    3) My biggest one: Send out birthday cards!!! I make cards, I make hundreds of cards... I don't send them. Time to send them!!

    Good luck with your resolutions! I know better than to think I could cut anything out of my diet and be a success, so I really admire those who have such better willpower than I! Be strong!! :)

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    1. Thank you Meredith!! I don't have strong willpower at all when it comes to sweets so I'm hoping I can somehow be successful! Best of luck to you!!

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  6. Diana- I gave up sugar a year and a half ago but broke it at Christmas but now am back on. I will tell you that the first 2 weeks it is a constant battle to not eat it- after that it gets pretty easy and because you aren't eating it you aren't craving it. Good luck!
    Blessings to you in the New Year- xo Diana

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  7. I've found that using cinnamon in tea, on toast, etc. is really yummy. Hope your little guy is better soon. May you be richly blessed in 2013!

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    1. That's a great tip, Elle! I'm going to try that, I love cinnamon!

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  8. Cutting sugar is soooo hard especially when you crave gooey goodies. I have never been able to cut it out completely but cut back. When I cut soda I started by allowing myself to have one on the weekends. After a few weeks, I didn't even want it. I do occasionally get a craving for one after a night of one to many glasses of wine :). Naturally sweetened tea will help. I like something citrus. I am currently trying to cut back on dairy products but having difficulty with cream cheese!!!! Best of luck to you and hope 2013 is as successful as 2012!

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    1. Yes, it is soooo hard and this is only my second day, eeek!! Cutting dairy would be really hard for me too, I love cheese!! Best of luck to you as well!! :)

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  9. Roasted sweet potato is naturally sweet and can help the sugar cravings.
    Have a happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Deanne, I'll add that to the list! Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

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  10. This year as a family instead of making resolutions we are going to each come up with something we want to work on and help each other out with that one thing through out the year. Mine is going to be giving up on being and doing everything perfect. We'll see how that goes. I have struggled with this fro years and I'm finding that as I get older I become more stressed when I feel I don't do things just right.

    As far as cutting sugar, that is one thing I have been working on this year. I try to eat whole foods and no processed foods at all. I started drinking lemon water in the morning and for some reason I don't feel the need to consume sugar. I'm a late night snacker and love eating my sugary snacks so this has been my most difficult challenge. If I feel I need to eat something I have toast with almond butter.

    Good Luck and Happy New Year

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    1. Hi Michelle, we sound so much alike. I also struggle with feeling like I need to be perfect, from dealing with extremely judgmental people in my life. Not fun at all. But I'm learning, albeit slowly. Wishing you lots of success in that area. :) Thanks for the sugar tips. I'm also a late night snacker, it's my favorite time of day, lol. I will definitely try lemon water. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

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    2. Hi Michelle, I don't know if you do this already but I just thought I would add that having something to do with my hands at night really keeps me away from the snacks. I knit and crochet so you might give that a try. Now if only I can work on not making poor snack choices the rest of the day ;)

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  11. I gave up sugar four months ago, the first 7 - 10 days being the hardest. When I need something sweet I have a packet of organic dates in the fridge, there is so much natural sugar in them they really satisfy a craving. Good luck, be strong your body will thank you.

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  12. The natural dates idea from above sounds really good. I'll have to try that. Hoping your little guy is fully well soon and Happy Birthday to your husband. Continuing to learn to eat better is one of my goals.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I used to have pretty good eating habits but they have become pretty bad lately because of the ginormous sweet tooth I have. Trying to get back on track is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

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  13. I gave up sugar years ago - and I can honestly say it gets so much easier after the first 2 weeks or so. I found it so hard at first, but my go-to's to replace the cravings were Perrier with fresh lemon juice, and super dark chocolate - the darker the better. It doesn't have much sugar if it's dark, and it's so rich a tiny little square would make me feel like I had had a treat.

    Now I do eat sugar again, but I have lost the sweet tooth I once had - I cut the sugar in my recipes all the time, and I find many things (commercial yogurts and baking) too sweet to eat. So you won't regret it - and good luck with the challenge!

    My resolutions are
    1. take care of myself better by exercising (have to get up before the kids are up to do this but i'm going to try)
    2. take care of myself better by having a raw smoothie every morning with breakfast
    3. start writing the blog I have been wanting to write for the past 2 years now - I am soooo scared on this one! It's almost ready but not quite. Hopefully launching in a few days.
    4. Keep working on my home to make it a place I love - you are such an inspiration for this Diana, I look at your photos and I just want to climb into the picture and curl up on your sofa with a cup of tea. :)


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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Your comment made me feel so good as I have been feeling like I'm letting everyone down in the inspiration department lately. :) You make me feel like I can conquer eliminating sugar or at least reducing it quite a bit. Best of luck to you on your resolutions in the new year! :)

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    2. Oh Diana - never feel like you are letting your readers down, because your blog is so full of gorgeous photos and tutorials - there is always inspiration here. Be sure to let us know how the sugar purge goes!

      Sarah :)

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  14. this is an awesome blog for sugar/glutenfree blog & her receipes are de-lish! http://glutenfreefix.com/ due to my husband having cancer & my preference, we/ve cut out sugar all but completely & use rice syrup to bake & stevia for drinks. we both feel awesome! btw...truvia is part chemical.wishing you well on your new endeavor! Esther

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    1. Thank you, Esther! And thanks for the link. Gonna check it out now. :)

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  15. I love the new look! As for cutting out sugar - it is a hard one. Every time I try to give something up - when the urge hits - I just pray instead. usually forget about that desert rather quickly. As for inspiration on your blog. Sharing your little bits of life - leave this girl (who is stuck in the burbs) inspired! Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Heather! You just brightened my day! Happy New Year to you! :)

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  16. Hi Diana, I just love looking at pictures of your beautiful home! Thanks for sharing your home with us. Happy New Year!

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  17. Happy New Year Diana,

    Your blog is the first blog I started visiting and it is always delightful and inspiring. One of my goals this year is to blog more (although it's hard to be motivated when I've yet to have a visitor lol) and begin my farmgate business of reclaiming, repurposing, and gardening....as Donna at funkyjunkinteriors said - just do.

    Good luck with the sugar and remember everything in moderation...a little sugar now and then to treat yourself.

    sharon
    weebreezefarm@blogspotcom

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! I'm going to visit your blog right now! Good luck to you! :)

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  18. Peek at 100 days of real food's web site, loads of ways to eliminate processed sugar in snacks, baking and cooking. I have found this site as a huge aid in information, and not just from the posts, but also the comments. Honey is a wonderful natural substitute for white sugar, especially in baking. Best wishes in this new year to you & your family!

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    1. Thank you! I just discovered that website last night and love it! It makes me feel hopeful that I can do it. :) Happy New Year!

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  19. I just recently cut out almost all sugar and carbs because I was diagnosed with hypo-glycemia. I loved all things sugar, so I didn't try to quit cold-turkey. I just focused on eating less sugar. Instead of having a glass of coke with my pizza, I took a sip or two of my kid's. Instead of a slice of cake, I had 2 bites.

    In about 2 weeks my taste for sugar disappeared completely. I can't stand most desserts now and forget soda. It's so sickeningly sweet. I do need to be more careful about foods that have high fructose corn syrup in them - it's like stealth sugar and you wouldn't believe the non-desert foods it's in.

    My go-to items now: sparkling water (with or without lemon - so much more refreshing than soda!), dark dark darkest of chocolate, and a cookie now and then. Cookies give me that sweet snack without being overwhelmingly sweet.

    Good luck!

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  20. I so agree with you about cutting the sugar, I too have a sweet tooth and get such cravings! I have resolved not to have things that are unhealthy in the house, and to use less sugar and salt in cooking. It won't be easy, and I know the first couple of weeks are a killer, but I want to lose the cravings so I can lose some weight. I am hoping fruit will hold me over until my appetite stabilizes. I have heard that fatty foods can also be addicting, so I am watching that, too. Keep us posted on your progress, and Happy New Year!

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  21. So sorry about your sick boy!!! So hard on a mama, eh?! We've been sick with one thing after another since late October, beginning with croop and now still battling bronchitis and pink eye :(. So nice to have blogs like yours to see and feel good and pretty things.

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  22. hello ,, its really sad that one from the family is ill at the time of celebration. i know that i m saying so late, still i want to wish you a happy new year and the decoration and the preparation is all wonderful and delighted. the home interiors are really beautiful and full of christmas feeling. for some beautiful interiors , i have some suggestions.
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  24. Mine is to finish my home decor, you give me so good ideas nice blog and lose weight and injoy all year with my family.
    Have a nice and pretty new year for you and you're family.:)

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  25. The only hint I have for cutting sugar ... and I take it that includes all forms like honey and agave ... is stevia. Stevia is an herb ... I can't seem to make mine grow like everyone else though *tears* It does take some getting use to and my advice it to try different brands and kinds (powder vs liquid). And about cutting out soft drinks or vitamin waters ... it is like breaking any other bad habit ... take it one moment at a time. Stop over-thinking and pondering what to do ~ if you just get up and get the water ... the decision is made and the moment will pass. =D

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